IN THE NEWS: If primary care shortage worsens, will NPs be the answer? Repeal and Replace and NPs: What Lies Ahead?
MedPage Today by Laura Marsan, Contributing Writer
The hue and cry over a shortage of primary care physicians is a familiar lament, but it reached critical volume with the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA): more insured Americans meant an even greater need for primary care providers.
In the real world of day-to-day medicine non-physician providers -- nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) -- are replenishing the shortfall of physicians in primary care and are predicted to be the main providers of primary care by 2025.
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